Parasites are something that can affect almost every pet. It is important, for both your family and your pet, that you take the appropriate precautions to help your pet avoid being infected by any parasites like ticks, fleas, heartworm, and other internal and external parasites.
Fleas and ticks can cause your pet itchiness, discomfort, and skin irritation. More importantly, these parasites act like hosts to more serious illnesses like Lyme Disease and other diseases that can result in cardiac conditions, joint problems, lameness, and neurological disorders.
At Oak Elm Animal Hospital, our veterinarians require a bi-annual stool sample to ensure that your pet is free of any parasites, and to take the appropriate action if their stool shows otherwise. At Oak Elm Animal Hospital, our pharmacy carries the best quality parasite control medicine to ensure that your pet is safe and healthy, and parasite-free at all times! Parasite preventatives can be taken orally or can be absorbed by your pet’s skin.
Heartworm is a worm that, when infected, attacks your pet’s heart and lungs. This condition can be transmitted by mosquitoes and other dogs already infected by the worm. As larvae, this worm is harmless. But once the larvae has developed into an adult worm, it moves to the heart of your pet and can cause serious heart conditions and respiratory problems. At Oak Elm Animal Hospital, our veterinarians offer the best heartworm preventatives to keep your pet heartworm-free at all times! Heartworm preventatives can be taken orally or absorbed through your pet’s skin.
Please call us today with any questions about our Parasite Prevention programs, or to schedule an appointment with our veterinary team.